Virginia Rumors & News

  • Virginia lands Friends' Central's DeAndre Hunter

    City of Basketball Love "One of the top senior prospects in Philadelphia is off the board. Friends’ Central (Pa.) wing DeAndre Hunter committed to play college basketball for head coach Tony Bennett at the University of Virginia on Saturday night while on an official visit to the school. The news was first reported..." September 14

  • Virginia still awaiting eligibility decision on four-star forward Mamadi Diakite

    The Roanoke Times "Nine days after the start of classes at Virginia, prize men’s basketball recruit Mamadi Diakite remained in limbo Wednesday. Once listed as one of the nation’s top prospects for the entering class of 2016, Diakite had been hoping to move up his enrollment to this year, although not necessarily..." September 03

  • 4-star big man Sacha Killeya-Jones picks Kentucky after decommitting from Virginia

    SB Nation "Kentucky has landed its second player in the class of 2016. Sacha Killeya-Jones, a 6'10 big man from Virginia, gave a verbal commitment to John Calipari and the Wildcats on Wednesday morning, according to Evan Daniels of Scout. Killeya-Jones was originally a Virginia commit, but reopened his..." August 19

  • Virginia Basketball Lands 5-Star Power Forward Mamadi Diakite, Has No. 1 2016 Recruiting Class

    College Spun "Virginia basketball has been an elite team on the court for two years now, and that dominance is starting to pay off big time on the recruiting trail. Today, Tony Bennett and his staff landed a commitment from one of the nation’s top power forwards, five-star Mamadi Diakite." August 04

  • Former Memphis forward Austin Nichols transferring to Virginia

    College Basketball Talk "Less than two weeks after Memphis loosened the transfer restrictions placed on former forward Austin Nichols, the first team all-AAC selection has found a new home. According to a report from 92.9 FM in Memphis, Nichols has decided to transfer to Virginia. After sitting out the 2015-16 season..." July 27

  • Virginia works to 'Wisconsin-proof' Tony Bennett's contract with new incentives

    The Roanoke Times "Amid little fanfare, the University of Virginia has reworked the contract of men’s basketball coach Tony Bennett in a fashion that will make it less tempting to leave Charlottesville. After a 2014 season in which the Cavaliers won the ACC regular season and tournament championships, Bennett..." July 08

  • Report: 7-foot Providence transfer Paschal Chukwu visiting Michigan State Monday

    Michigan Live "For the second time in less than a week, Michigan State is expected to have a highly sought-after visitor on campus. Paschal Chukwu, a 7-foot-2 center transferring from Providence, is planning to visit the Spartans on Monday, according to a report from CBS Sports. has also reported today..." June 23

  • Sacha Killeya-Jones decommits from Virginia

    Streaking The Lawn "Four-star 2016 power forward and former Virginia commit Sacha Killeya-Jones has opened up his recruitment again, he told's Rob Harrington Tuesday. "I feel like I may have rushed my decision. I still love Virginia but just want to reaffirm that’s the right choice for me and plan to..." June 03

  • UVa basketball gets 2016-17 commit from Jay Huff of Voyager Academy

    The Roanoke Times "Jay Huff, a 6-foot-10 power forward from Durham, North Carolina, has become the fourth basketball player to commit to Virginia for the 2016-17 entering class. Huff, a four-star prospect on the five-star scale used by 247Sports." May 22

  • Virginia's Justin Anderson plans to leave school, enter 2015 NBA Draft

    CBS Sports "Virginia junior Justin Anderson is in the process of scheduling meetings with agents and plans to enter the 2015 NBA Draft, a source confirmed to on Monday. Yahoo! Sports initially reported the development. Underclassmen have until April 26 to formally declare for the..." April 13

  • Kentucky, UNC, Virginia open as Las Vegas favorites for 2016 hoops title

    ESPN "The entire starting five for Kentucky is expected to declare for the NBA draft. But in Las Vegas, Kentucky remains one of the teams to beat in 2016. On Tuesday, the William Hill sportsbook opened the Wildcats as 8-1 favorites to win next year's NCAA tournament. North Carolina is second at 9-1,..." April 08

  • B.J. Stith Leaving Virginia Basketball Program "Virginia men's basketball head coach Tony Bennett announced Friday (April 3) that freshman guard B.J. Stith (Lawrenceville, Va.) is leaving the Cavaliers' program. "B.J. informed me during our player meetings that he is leaving the Virginia basketball program for a better opportunity for..." April 04

  • Ritchie McKay leaves Virginia to return to Liberty as head basketball coach

    Washington Post "Ritchie McKay, the top assistant on the Virginia men’s basketball staff, will return to Liberty as its head coach, Liberty announced on Wednesday afternoon. McKay was the head coach of the Flames from 2007 to 2009 before resigning to join Cavaliers Coach Tony Bennett’s staff. At his..." April 02

  • Darion Atkins rips Virginia teammates: ‘We played like ‘p-ssies

    Larry Brown Sports "The unexpected continued to happen in the NCAA Tournament’s East Region on Sunday, with No. 7 seed Michigan State knocking off No. 2 seed Virginia. Cavs forward Darion Atkins felt his team did not put forth a respectable effort, to put it kindly. Atkins, a 6-foot-8 senior, scored 10 points and..." March 23

  • Virginia guard Justin Anderson (finger) set to return Thursday

    CBS Sports "After being out since early February with a broken finger and then undergoing an appendectomy earlier this month, Virginia guard Justin Anderson will play in Thursday's ACC tournament game against Florida State, the school announced." March 12

  • Virginia's Justin Anderson out Saturday due to appendectomy

    CBS Sports "Virginia coach Tony Bennett was hopeful Justin Anderson, who has been sidelined since early February with a broken finger, would make his return to the lineup Saturday for a key ACC matchup against Louisville. Unfortunately, Bennett's hopes were dashed Thursday when the school announced the..." March 06

  • Virginia guard Justin Anderson could return to the lineup Saturday

    CBS Sports "Virginia guard Justin Anderson could return to the lineup by Saturday after meeting with a doctor Tuesday, coach Tony Bennett said, according to The Daily Progress. Anderson will now be able to participate in game-related activities after suffering a broken finger on his shooting hand in early..." March 03

  • London Perrantes day-to-day

    ESPN "Virginia Cavaliers starting point guard London Perrantes is day-to-day after suffering a broken nose and a mild concussion during Sunday's 51-41 win against Florida State when he collided with teammate Malcolm Brogdon. Perrantes, who is averaging 5.9 points and 4.4 assists, was bloodied on the..." February 23

  • After bloody collision, Virginia teammates joke about London Perrantes’s busted nose

    Washington Post "After a brutal head-to-head collision with teammate Malcolm Brogdon in the second half of Virginia’s 51-41 win over Florida State on Sunday, guard London Perrantes’s nose looked even uglier than the Cavaliers’ shooting numbers (1 for 11 on three-pointers, 14 for 27 from the free throw line)..." February 23

  • Virginia Loses Star Guard Justin Anderson for 4-6 Weeks

    East Idaho News "Third-ranked Virginia is having a great season, but a major injury could make it difficult to keep it up. Cavaliers' second leading scorer Justin Anderson will miss four to six weeks after fracturing a finger on his shooting hand. The junior guard was injured in the first half of the team's..." February 09

  • Virginia loses star Justin Anderson to a fractured finger

    Yahoo! Sports "A devastating injury tempered Virginia's joy at having concluded the toughest stretch of its schedule with a 52-47 victory over Louisville. The third-ranked Cavaliers lost second-leading scorer Justin Anderson for four to six weeks because of a fractured finger on his left hand. Anderson..." February 08

  • ACC cuts ties with ref Karl Hess

    ESPN "Veteran official Karl Hess has worked his final ACC basketball game. Hess, who has worked ACC games for more than 25 years, told ESPN that his comment made to Atlanta hotel magnate Mit Shah during Sunday's Louisville-Wake Forest game in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was made in jest. Shah,..." January 10

  • Virginia Basketball lands 2016 big man Sacha Killeya-Jones

    Streaking The Lawn "Happy New Year Virginia Basketball fans! Last year was pretty darn awesome, and 2015 is already off to a roaring start. On Thursday afternoon, 2016 VES big man Sacha Killeya-Jones tweeted out his commitment to the reigning ACC Champions. Virginia extended an offer to Killeya-Jones back in..." January 02

  • Nolte and Perrantes Suspended For Season-Opener and Scrimmages "Virginia junior forward Evan Nolte (Milton, Ga.) and sophomore guard London Perrantes (Los Angeles, Calif.) have been suspended for the Cavaliers' two preseason scrimmages and the season-opener at James Madison on Friday, Nov. 14, head coach Tony Bennett announced Friday (Nov. 7). Nolte and..." November 08

  • Cavaliers get verbal commitment from guard Kyle Guy

    Richmond Times-Dispatch "On Monday, UVa secured its second top-flight guard in as many months when it received a verbal commitment from Kyle Guy. “Proud to say I’m committing to the University of Virginia!!” said Guy, via Twitter. “Blessed for the opportunities Coach Bennett has given me.” Guy, a 6-foot-2, 165-pound..." October 21

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 08

  • UVa Third Year Nolte Charged with Drunk in Public

    Newsplex "Virginia basketball player Evan Nolte has been charged with drunk in public by the Charlottesville Police Department. According to a CPD spokesperson, the 20-year-old rising junior forward was arrested around 1 a.m. Sunday. According to a police report, Nolte told an officer he had about 8..." August 07

  • Tony Bennett signs a seven-year deal with Virginia

    College Basketball Talk "Tony Bennett has signed a new, seven-year deal with the University of Virginia, keeping him on the sidelines through the 2020-2021 season, the school announced on Tuesday. Bennett’s base salary and supplemental compensation will bumped up to $1.9 million. Virginia won both the ACC regular..." June 03

  • Former Marquette commit Marial Shayok picks Virginia

    College Basketball Talk "Maria Shayok, a three-star small forward in the Class of 2014, has committed to Virginia. This news came according to Evan Daniels of, who tweeted the commitment on Tuesday night. “Happy to announce I’ve committed to the University of Virginia!” Shayok tweeted. Shayok, the..." April 23

  • What went wrong with ACC hoops this season

    Fox Sports South "The numbers aren't pretty for the ACC, any way you slice it. A hoops-dominated conference that recently expanded in the hopes of becoming the nation's preeminent basketball league missed on that mark in Year 1. And it's been trending downward for quite some time. This marks the fourth..." April 02

  • Michigan State hangs on against Virginia, advances to Elite 8

    Michigan Live "They said the buckets would be hard to come by. And they were right. When the dust settled, Michigan State emerged victorious with the scars to prove it. The No. 4 seed Spartans -- behind Branden Dawson's 24 points and 10 rebounds -- beat the top-seeded Virginia Cavaliers 61-59 in an NCAA..." March 29

  • NCAA East Regional betting news and notes: Izzo knows Bennett well "The final four teams in the East Regional do battle for a spot in the Elite Eight. Before you bet on Friday's games, brush up on these East Region betting news and notes: No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers vs. No. 4 Michigan State Spartans (-1.5, 127) The Virginia Cavaliers’ pack-line defense,..." March 28

  • Virginia just second No. 1 Sweet 16 underdog in 22 years "The No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers are in exclusive company heading into Thursday’s Sweet 16 matchup with No. 4 Michigan State. And that’s not a good thing. The Cavaliers, the top seed in the East Regional, opened as 2-point underdogs against the Spartans, becoming just the second No. 1 seed to be..." March 28

  • Ritchie McKay is ‘the other head coach’ for Tony Bennett and Virginia

    Washington Post "One night back in December, as the Virginia men’s basketball team was stumbling to a disappointing 9-4 record in nonconference play, associate head coach Ritchie McKay could tell his boss’s approach wasn’t working. Some of the talented Cavaliers seemed more concerned with individual playing..." March 26

  • Michigan State opponent Virginia loves to 'grind it out'

    Detroit News "Michigan State is playing in its third straight Sweet 16 and the 12th in the past 17 years. As for its opponent — No. 1 seeded Virginia — this isn’t exactly familiar territory. After defeating Memphis in the third round, Virginia reached the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1995 and will be..." March 25

  • Michigan State facing defensive-minded Virginia in unlucky Madison Square Garden

    Detroit Free Press "Asked about the Sweet 16 and what it means to Michigan State, sophomore guard Denzel Valentine used the word “revenge.” He and the Spartans had just finished an 80-73 win Saturday over Harvard to reach the East Regional semifinals and didn’t know at the time they’d be playing Virginia. But MSU..." March 25

  • Tom Izzo says Virginia a No. 1 seed for one simple reason -- defense

    Michigan Live "Since Michigan State returned home from Spokane in Sunday's wee hours, Tom Izzo started watching Virginia film. And then he watched a little more. And a little more. It didn't take long before Izzo knew exactly why Virginia is the top seed in the East Regional. "Why are they a No. 1..." March 25

  • Next Stop for 'Hoos: Sweet Sixteen "In a magical season marked by one milestone after another, the UVa men's basketball team made more history Sunday night. Before an amped-up crowd that turned PNC Arena into John Paul Jones Arena South, Virginia destroyed Memphis 78-60 to advance to the NCAA tournament's Sweet Sixteen for the..." March 25

  • Virginia beats Coastal Carolina 70-59 to advance "Anthony Gillscored 17 points to help No. 1 seed Virginia pull away late and beat Coastal Carolina 70-59 on Friday night, avoiding a historic upset in the NCAA tournament. The Cavaliers, the top seed in the East Region, trailed by 10 in the first half and five at halftime to the 16th-seeded..." March 22

  • Virginia’s Akil Mitchell, Anthony Gill form Cavs’ dynamic duo

    Washington Post "For Virginia senior Akil Mitchell, “it was a girl.” For forward Anthony Gill, it was “my defense.” But whether it was the end of a romantic relationship or a failure to gain a coach’s trust, the two former high school teammates did not seem quite right as the Cavaliers stumbled in nonconference..." March 19

  • Brogdon Making Most of First Postseason "He graduated from Greater Atlanta Christian School in the spring of 2011. Had he known then that nearly three years would pass before he played in the ACC men's basketball tournament, Malcolm Brogdon would have been incredulous. But a foot injury prematurely ended his first season at the..." March 19

  • NCAA Tournament snubs and surprises

    CBS Sports "Heading into the Selection Show, most bracketologists seemed to reach a relative agreement and consensus on the 68 teams in the field – and the four No. 1 seeds. Of course, the selection committee isn't part of the bracketology world, and messed up the consensus. So, who got snubbed and who..." March 17

  • No. 6 Virginia Cavaliers Clinch ACC Title Over No. 7 Duke, 72-63 "Malcolm Brogdon scored 23 points and No. 6 Virginia claimed its first Atlantic Coast Conference tournament title since 1976 by beating No. 7 Duke 72-63 on Sunday. Tournament MVP Joe Harris added 15 points and hit the backbreaking 3-pointer with just under 2 minutes remaining for the top-seeded..." March 17

  • Virginia 51, Pittsburgh 48

    ProSportsDaily "Joe Harris led a balanced offense with 12 points as the Cavaliers edged the Panthers in the semifinals of the ACC tournament in Greensboro, N.C. Justin Anderson sealed it by blocking James Robinson’s 3-point attempt in the final seconds for top-seeded Virginia (27-6), which will play Duke in..." March 16

  • Report: ACC finalizing deal to move tournament to Brooklyn

    CBS Sports "During conference realignment, there has always been the thought that the ACC would eventually move its conference tournament to Madison Square Garden. Even after the Big East and MSG extended their deal to 2026, the discussion was still there. According to a report late Thursday night by Pete..." March 14

  • Virginia’s Tony Bennett named ACC coach of the year

    Washington Post "After leading the Virginia men’s basketball team to its first outright ACC regular season title since 1981, Tony Bennett was named the league’s coach of the year Tuesday by media members who cover the conference. Bennett shepherded the sixth-ranked Cavaliers to a 25-6 record during the regular..." March 12

  • Terps upset No. 5 Virginia in OT, 75-69, in final ACC regular-season game

    Baltimore Sun "A Maryland team that had spent part of the past month losing close games to nationally ranked teams returned to its bench Sunday at Comcast Center, teetering toward another frustrating defeat. There was confusion about the way the Terps had played in the final minute of regulation, which ended..." March 10

  • Devon Hall sitting out Virginia basketball season after arriving ahead of schedule

    Washington Post "One by one, the Virginia men’s basketball players had taken the pair of scissors and climbed up the ladder as thousands more watched on. But then only one piece of net cord, one player and one coach remained. Freshman Devon Hall looked at Coach Tony Bennett for a moment, unsure of what to do as..." March 07

  • Basketball Alumni Relishing Cavaliers' Success "Never mind that he coaches for another Division I basketball team in this state. Old Dominion assistant Bryant Stith couldn't contain his joy Saturday night after UVa defeated No. 4 Syracuse 75-56 at John Paul Jones Arena. "WAHOO NATION STAND UP!!!!!" Stith, Virginia's all-time leading scorer,..." March 06

  • No. 12 Virginia Powers Past No. 4 Syracuse, Claims ACC Title "Malcolm Brogdon scored eight of his career-high 19 points during a decisive second-half run and No. 12 Virginia clinched the top seed in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament by beating No. 4 Syracuse 75-56 on Saturday. Akil Mitchell added 12 points and nine rebounds and Mike Tobey and..." March 02